Ageing and Mental Health: Global Perspectives


Wendy Wen Li (Editor)
James Cook University, Australia

Sherry M. Cummings, PhD (Editor)
The University of Tennessee

Ilango Ponnuswami, PhD (Editor)
Bharathidasan University

Hong-Jae Park, PhD (Editor)
The University of Auckland

Series: Aging Issues, Health and Financial Alternatives
BISAC: PSY043000

Globally, the number of elderly individuals is growing at an unprecedented rate. Currently, eleven percent of the worldwide population is 65 years and older. This number will more than double to twenty-two percent (2 billion) by 2050. As the older population continues its inexorable growth, so does the number of older adults with mental health disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. For example, the number of individuals affected by dementia worldwide is expected to double every twenty years to over 81 million by 2040. Depressive episodes in later life are also prevalent, and depression is the leading cause of disability in older adults worldwide. These mental disorders lead to increased morbidity and mortality in older adults, and often they can exact a negative toll on their family members. To respond to the ageing world, this book sets out to help researchers, policy makers, service providers, and students develop their knowledge of the issues associated with ageing and mental health throughout the world. Written by twenty-one gerontological experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Oceania, this book provides an understanding of issues related to ageing and mental health from global perspectives. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction: Mental Health in an Ageing World
Hong-Jae Park (The University of Auckland, New Zealand), Wendy Wen Li (James Cook University, Australia), Sherry Cummings (The University of Tennessee, USA) and Ilango Ponnuswami (Bharathidasan University, India)

Part I: Very High Human Development Countries/Regions

Chapter 2. Ageing and Mental Health in Australia
Wendy Wen Li and Kassandra Jackson (James Cook University, Australia)

Chapter 3. Switzerland: Towards an Increasing Awareness of Older People’s Mental Health
Elizabeth Galleguillos (The University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Chapter 4. Mental Health and Ageing: The United States
Sherry Cummings and Shannon Trecartin (University of Tennessee, TN, USA)

Chapter 5. Ageing and Mental Health in Diversity: A New Zealand Experience
Hong-Jae Park and Carole Adamson (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Chapter 6. Ageing and Mental Health: Challenges and Innovations in Hong Kong
Alma Au (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China), Yip Ho Ming (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China), Wai-chi Chan (The University of Hong Kong, China), Xue Bai (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China), and Teresa Tsien (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)

Chapter 7. Ageing and Mental Health in South Korea
Dongbae Kim (Yonsei University, South Korea) and Hyo Jung Lee (University of Massachusetts, USA)

Chapter 8. Social Care for Older Adults with Mental Disorder in Japan
Hiroko Kase (Waseda University, Japan)

Chapter 9. Ageing and Mental Health in Portugal
Sofia von Humboldt (Instituto Universitário de Ciências Psicológicas, Sociais e da Vida, Portugal) and Kassandra Jackson (James Cook University, Australia)

Part II: High and Medium Human Development Countries

Chapter 10. Aged Care and Mental Health in China
Wendy Wen Li (James Cook University, Australia), Xuewei Huang (Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, China), Yan Chen (The University of Eastern Finland, Finland) and Hongyu Li (Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, China)

Chapter 11. Gerontological Mental Health in India
Ilango Ponnuswami (Bharathidasan University, India) and P. Udhayakumar (Central University of Tamil Nadu, India)

Part III: Low Human Development Countries

Chapter 12. Old Age Mental Health in Uganda
Betty Kyaddondo (Population and Development for Uganda, Uganda)

Chapter 13. Conclusion: Ageing and Mental Health in the Global Community
Sherry Cummings (The University of Tennessee, USA), Ilango Ponnuswami (Bharathidasan University, India), Wendy Wen Li (James Cook University, Australia) and Hong-Jae Park (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)

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